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more glorious minutes, i urge you to enjoy all of them, for they are the best new thing in the world today. and now kids, it's [ bleep ]ing time for the ed show. look." another major milestone. congresswoman gabrielle giffords is released from the hospital, five months after her tragic tucson shooting. athens unrest. street protests turn violent as greece's economic crisis threatens to turn down the global economy. and vanquished in vancouver. the bruins trounce the canucks to win their first stanley cup in 39 years. good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. those stories and more straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc.
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we begin this morning with a remarkable stat. arizona congresswoman, gabrielle giffords has reached another milestone in her recovery severe injuries she suffered in that assassination attempt in january. she is now home, beginning a new chapter in a story that's captivated the nation in so many ways. here's nbc's kirk gregory. >> reporter: just six months after suffering life-threatening head injuries, arizona congresswoman, gabrielle giffords, was discharged from tier memorial hospital in houston. doctors say her cognitive abilities and physical strength have moved to the point where she no longer needs to be hospitalized. we are very excited that she had reached the next phase of her rehabilitation and can begin outpatient treatment. we have no doubt that she will continue to make significant strides in her recovery. long-awaited photos of
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congresswoman giffords, taken in may, were released on sunday on her facebook page. her smiling face, offering hope with the tucson community still coping with the rampage. >> to see she's doing okay, it's like a breath of fresh air. it's wonderful. >> reporter: giffords will move into the houston area home owned by her husband, astronaut, mark kelly. she will continue to work with the same rehabilitation team alt the hospital. now, as an outpatient. elsewhere, fresh numbers out of our new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll. shows that president obama has his work cut out for him if he wants to be a two-term president. similarly, republican contenders seem to have quite a few challenges ahead, to win over voters in the 2012 presidential race. we go to tracie potts in
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washington. >> president obama has something to worry about. his job approval now at 49%. that's down from 52%, when osama bin laden was killed. on the economy, 54% disapproval rating. pessimism about the economy now at a two-year high. 30% say they think things will get worse over the next year. when it comes to the growing field of republican candidates, only 45% of republicans who will vote in the primary say they're satisfied with the current crop. that's substantially lower than 73% who were satisfied at this time before the last election. now, in head-to-head matchups with those contenders, president obama is still on top. leading romney by six points. leading tim pawlenty by 13. >> there's more fallout in the anthony weiner scandal. a former porn star has come forward to tell her side of the story. regarding some e-mail messages she had with the congressman. michelle franzen reports.
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>> reporter: with high-profile reporter gloria allred by herself, ginger lee spoke about her connection to representative anthony weiner. >> i did not sex anthony weiner. i did not send photos to him or receive any from him. >> reporter: she is the latest twitter fan caught up in the embattled congressman's scandal, as he admitted to sending photos of his crotch to online followers. lee said she and weiner exchanged e-mails and twitter messages that starteded in march and ended a few weeks ago, when the photos started to surface. allred says she started following him on twitter because she supported her causes. but claims weiner tried to get personal. >> although discussions at first were about politics, sometimes he would try to take it to another level. mentioning his, quote, package, end quote. >> reporter: weiner is on a two-week leave of absence from
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congress, reportedly to seek treatment. but that hasn't quelled calls for him to resign. >> do you believe anthony weiner should step down? >> yes. >> reporter: even the president says the congressman's actions are a distraction. >> ultimately, it's going to be a decision for him and his constituents. i can tell you, if it was me, i would resign. >> reporter: his pregnant wife, huma abedin returned from an overseas trip with her boss, secretary of state hillary clinton. sources tell nbc news, weiner wants to consult his wife before making any decisions. meanwhile, a house ethics committee is looking at whether the congressman violated any house rules. lee says she is prepared to testify. last night, in vancouver, two teams squared off in professional hockey's ultimate contest. deciding winner takes all, game seven for the stanley cup. here's nbc's fred roggin. >> good morning. for the first time since 1972,
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the boston bruins have won the stanley cup. winner takes all game seven in vancouver. patrice got boston on the board. brad marchand also got a pair. but the bruins would not be hoisting the cup without tim thomas. shutout the canucks in the finals. it's the franchise's sixth stanley cup. we'll have more on the bruins' win and postgame reaction, coming up later in sports. now, here's your "first look" at some of the other news going on around america today. mother nature gave a one-two pounding on oklahoma. the storm ripped through the area, dropping huge chunks of hail and 70-mile-per-hour winds, leaving toppled trees, power lines, as well as significant damage to personal property. and homes, over 30,000 reportedly lost power during the storm. one oregon man has a lot to celebrate this summer. two months shy of his 100th
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birthday, leo is celebrating his graduation from college. the great depression forced him to drop out of school in 1932. three credits shy of receiving his teaching degree. after years of working as a carpenter, he finally finished what he started. calling his commencement an out-of-this-world experience. finally, a north carolina pig is becoming a big pain to residents in one town. a stray animal has destroyed several gardens and made garbage cans his own smorgasbord. for now, they have to put up with it. someone i have to put up with is nbc meteorologist, bill karins. >> a fine good morning. >> how are you doing, bill? i'm just kidding. good morning, bill. >> good morning. it's an interesting weather day. we'll see a lot of severe storms. the u.s. open golf tournament
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taking place in d.c., where we could be rupt einterrupted by thunderstorms. yesterday the story was the heat. we saw hot, oppressive conditions in the south. the bright coloring you see in arizona, with 100s and 100-degree heat. nothing was more impressive than florida. but florida standards, getting into the 100s is rare. that was the hottest temperature ever recorded there. the old record was in 1933. we're talking not just record heat. historical heat in the deep south. we did see thunderstorms, thankfully, to cool things off a little bit. we also had severe weather. each of the dots is someone that reported large hail, wind or tree damage out there. in all, 273 reports. this area needed the rainfall. i think the storms were welcome. they're now pushing off the coast. still a little light rain left here in southern portions of georgia. up around the border, heading
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towards the savanna area. thunderstorms still plaguing us along i-10 here. if you drive up the turnpike where i-10 meets north florida, you have to deal with a few storms today. later this afternoon, we have a slight risk of severe weather. down in west virginia, the pittsburgh area. d.c., much of central virginia. also, central north carolina. that's late afternoon into the early evening. as far as the golf goes, it should get in. in kansas, iowa and missouri, we should have storms later. the forecast, a beautiful day in new england today. the thunderstorms, late today in d.c. also, a chance of storms in chicago. good weather out there, lynn. but the heat continues. >> bill, thanks so much. stock slump, pandora makes music. and the jilted publisher's ultimate revenge. your first look at the business headlines is straight ahead. you're watching "first look" on msnbc. [ female announcer ] sun damage is on the rise.
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welcome back to "first look." i'm lynn berry. here's some of the top stories making news this morning. the white house, since obama has the authority to continue u.s. military operations in libya, without congressional authorization. the white house contends that the u.s. has a limited role in the campaign. and u.s. ground forces are not involved. mug shots of former democratic senator and vice presidential candidate, john edwards, have now been released. the photos show him smiling, despite the fact he could face prison time if convicted of violating campaign finance laws to cover up an affair. edwards has pleaded not guilty. in boston, celebrations erupted after the bruins' stanley cup win over the vancouver canucks. meanwhile, much different emotions in vancouver, where riot police tried to control fans upset over the canucks'
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loss. and much of the world was treated yesterday to the year's first total lunar eclipse. you couldn't see it here in the u.s. but it was a beautiful sight there in australia, asia and africa. and for some, its was viewable for over an hour and a half. here's your first look at wall street. the dow opens at 11,897, after tumbling 178 points yesterday. the s&p 500 lost 22 points. the nasdaq dropped 47. taking a look at overseas trading this morning. in tokyo, the nikkei sank 163 points. in hong kong, the hang seng fell 390. wall street's one-day stroll on memory lane, as the realities of a slowing economy dropped any optimism on the floor. the dow erased all gains and much more. all 32 companies on the dow dropped. the fear index jumped to its
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highest level since mid-march. as rioters took to the streets in athens over austerity issues. moody's says it may cut the credit rates of french banks. the core consumer price index rose more than expected in may. while the new york area's manufacturing index unexpectedly shrank in june. that led many to ask if factory production, recently seen as strong, has been overestimated. oil prices plummeted wednesday to below $95 a barrel, the lowest since february. profit forecasts have become bleak. owens, illinois, fell 13%, after the glass company says it would cut its output due to manufacturing and delivery costs. pinched by higher commodity costs, ford expects profits to ease off from a 13-year high reported for the first quarter.
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the day's one bright spot? pandora media managed a successful debut with its stock rising almost 9% from its opening ipo price. and finally, "playboy" founder, hugh hefner, may get the last laugh, after being dumped by his 25-year-old fiancee, just days before his wedding, hefner tweeted yesterday, he is putting "runaway bride" stickers over her picture on the cover of the magazine's upcoming issue. let's turn back to politics now. after hearing promises to end the war in afghanistan, the republican debate earlier this week, last night, rachel maddow asked former vermont governor, howard dean how he stood there. >> i supported president bush when he went into afghanistan. i did not support him when he went into iraq. i supported president obama when he added troops because i thought that even though it wasn't likely it would succeed, there was a chance.
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and my biggest concern about afghanistan is the 50% of the population, i.e. women, who will essentially be treated as stone age slaves and worse when we leave, about two or three months ago, karzai, who is clearly corrupt, also began to politic using women as the wedge issue. and began to intimate he didn't think that schooling was yesterday. he thought is asharia was a goo idea. why are we sacrificing american lives if there's not going to be much difference between karzai and the taliban? >> you don't want to miss out. rachel maddow's take on all politics and topics. more on beantown's first hockey title in 39 years. patrice bergeron adds a stanley cup to his world championship title and olympic gold medals. your first look at sports is
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hockey may be canada's national sport. once again, it was the neighbors to the south that took possession of lord stanley's cup. once again, here's fred roggin. >> you don't have to be a hockey fan to know that game seven in the stanley cup finals is as good as it gets.
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the odds against the bruins. the home team had won the previous 15 game 7s in the stanley cup finals. nathan horton, who was knocked out of the series with a concussion, tried to bring that home magic to canada. brought water from home and squirted it on the ice before the game. boston up 1-0, after one. turning point game in the second. alex burrows, with a golden opportunity to tie. zdeno chara was there to keep the puck out of the net. moments later, luongo made a sprawling save on marchand. but somehow, some way, the puck got behind him. the bruins led 2-0. looking for more and they would get it. bergeron on a break-away. and the pucks had eyes and got past luongo. they took a minute to review it. and the goal stood. tim thomas did the rest. made 37 save for a second shutout of the series. he's been phenomenal during their stanley cup run. he was rewarded with mvp honors. seven is truly a lucky number for the bruins.
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they won an incredible three game sevens this postseason and took this one 4-0. the first stanley cup win in 39 years. >> we knew we needed to play one game. when we had our backs against the wall, we play our best hockey. we did it in game six and seven. >> the most important thing is what's going on inside that dressing room. and there wasn't a guy that didn't believe in what we were doing. so, it's easy to stay the course. you have to stay the course. today, you're rewarded for it. >> do you have a message for the fans who have been waiting a long time for this. >> you've been waiting a long time. but you got it. you wanted it. you got it. we're bringing it home. >> that's your "first look" at sports. i'm fred roggin. now, for another quick look at the weather. here's nbc meteorologist, bill karins with your weather channel forecast. >> we had thunderstorms yesterday, lynn. and also dealt with the record heat in the south. it was a beautiful day in new england. we had afternoon thunderstorms pop up. but they were widespread. and this morning, a dry morning, everywhere from boston down to d.c. and we're going to see some sunshine.
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we'll call it filters shine. high, thin clouds will be out there. that will be the worst of it. you see it blowing through this morning. we dried out in all of new england. now, a sprinkle or two going around the pittsburgh area. that's the worst of it. as far as the forecast for today. most of the day's going to be dry. but late this afternoon, we have a chance of a thunderstorm around d.c., baltimore, philadelphia. they're going to be very hit and miss. very scattered thunderstorms out there. not everyone's going to get wet. of course, the golf's being played down there at congressional and near washington, d.c. that's maybe late in the day. possibly could have delayed because of lightning. that could be very late, probably after 4:00 or 5:00, where the afternoon tee times are beginning to finish up. by the time we get to friday, everyone has a chance of thunderstorms. they will be more widespread throughout the region. that's more or less friday afternoon. d.c., as far as the golf goes, saturday, 90. sunday, 91, for the final round. they won't be hit and miss thunderstorms each day. i think they will get most of the tournament in on time.
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welcome back to "first look." i'm lynn berry. sarah palin has found some unlikely support. ashton kutcher and demi moore backed obama in 2008. but they just tweeted about the hunger of the media's release of
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thousands of e-mails as palin's governor. russell crowe beat out sean penn, lining on to play superman's biological father in the franchise reboot, "man of steel." joss stone was reportedly the target of a robbery/murder plot, by two men arrested by police, who were in possession of swords, rope and a body bag. finally, jennifer lopez recently told the bbc, she's not sure about returning to "american idol." and "the hollywood reporter" speculates it's because lopez, who currently makes $12 million a season, wants to be paid closer what simon cowell got when he ruled the roost on "idol," which was 35 million bucks a season. $12 million is never enough, bill. that's what i always say. >> she has to give up on a lot of her concerts. the other part of her career. >> are you seriously defending it? >> i'm her agent now. >> you get 10%? 8%? >> i'll take 1%.
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1% of $34 million is pretty good. >> and she has 15 other things going on. she doesn't have enough with -- come on. "american idol," she's doing just fine. i'm lynn berry. this is "first look" on msnbc. but stay tuned. "way too early" starts right now. president obama and members of his administration under intense congressional pressure over the war in afghanistan. and the united states involvement in libya. the question is, will the increasing calls for withdrawal force the president to make some bold changes in his policy. meanwhile, republican man of the moment, jon huntsman, puts out a somewhat puzzling ad a week ahead of the formal announcement of his candidacy. the question is, isn't it finally time we had a president that can drive a motor bike through death valley? and the boston bruins take game seven for the stanley

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